Mariya Moore and head coach Jeff Walz are becoming unstoppable when teamed together with USA Basketball.
The duo helped lead the U.S. Women’s U-19 World Championship Team to gold on Sunday afternoon, beating host Russia 78-70 at the 2015 FIBA U-19 World Championships in Chekhov, Russia. The U.S. put together a perfect 7-0 mark in tournament play.
Moore, who has been stellar on the international scene, had another solid all-around game, with six points, five rebounds, and three assists. In seven games, the rising sophomore has 10.3 points on 47.7 percent shooting, connecting on a U.S.-best 11-of-25 from 3-point range. She also added 2.9 assists and 1.7 steals per game.
It’s the second-consecutive summer the pair has earned hardware and, combined, they are 12-0 with USA Basketball. In August 2014, Moore and Walz guided the U.S. U-18 Women’s National Team to a 5-0 mark for USA Basketball’s seventh-consecutive gold medal in the FIBA Americas U-18 Championship.
Walz, who is entering his ninth season at the helm of the Cardinals, served as an assistant coach on a U.S. team for the second-consecutive time. Moore, who averaged a team-best 13.4 points along with 4.5 rebounds, and 3.6 assists in 2014-15, earned Associated Press All-America honorable mention accolades and was tabbed a first team Full Court Freshman All-American.
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